Jason Elder

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The following statement was prepared by the candidate, and the views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the American Homebrewers Association.

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My love for beer was found in 2001 during my first year at Oregon State University, I was able to learn from professional brewers and homebrewers in my college dorm what good beer should taste like. When I came home from Oregon in 2009, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to find all of the beer that I enjoyed in Oregon so I went to the local homebrew store, picked up everything I needed to brew good beer at home and my love for homebrewing began! For me homebrewing isn’t just a hobby, it’s a mentality, almost a way of life you can say. When you are able to go to the local store and you are able to stand back and say “I can brew this!”, it’s the best feeling in the world. For myself I like to over analyze things so I’m always tinkering with a recipe or buying a weird ingredient to try. I also use machine learning when it comes to recipes to see what may have worked better in the past versus what I am wanting to do to come up with the best possible outcome for that beer on paper. Most of all I get to share the results with friends, family and my homebrew club, which is the most gratifying feeling of all.

In my experience, being part of a homebrew club has been the most important aspect of homebrewing for me. It’s allowed me to have countless friends locally and throughout the country, as well as many connections and friendships abroad and at many breweries. Back in 2011 I joined the Kansas City Bier Meisters, one of if not THE oldest homebrew club, in the nation. During this time, I have been active in introducing new members to the club, have served as the president of the club for the past 2 years and am the organizer of the clubs’ annual homebrew competition which is one of the oldest in nation. Where I would like to help the AHA the most is in legislative and homebrewer engagement. I believe the skills I have learned over the past several years would be able to translate in those roles well. The legislative side in particular interests me because there is so much improvement to be made yet it seems as though this is something that falls through the cracks unless you are an actual brewery.

Another interest of mine is the usage of machine learning to improve the data that the AHA can provide to its members. This ranges from competition statistics and planning, to financials. One of my objectives as an AHA member would be to provide transparency in to this data as there is so much data that can be provided to the members yet it’s not due to the tedious nature of how it’s compiled.

It would be an honor and a privilege to represent you as a member of the AHA Governing Committee. Thanks for your consideration!

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